Title Story line approach – cooperation between vocational schools´ students and the world of work
Project Number 2013-1-CZ1-LEO05-13709
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country CZ-Czech Republic
Storyline approach – cooperation between vocational school students and the world of work
The project is designed to help students and teachers of upper secondary vocational schools to actively incorporate the storyline approach in their education activities. In this approach, students work on specific practical projects for real-life clients. Thus they obtain practical skills that are going to be useful in their professional lives.
In a number of practical workshops, both professionals and laypersons can learn how to make solar appliances such as dryers, coolers, box cookers, showers or Trombe walls. The project was implemented in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
The purpose of the project: The project is designed to meet a high demand of vocational schools as regards linking theory with practical experience of students in their respective field of study. So far, such possibilities have been very limited in Czech, Slovak and Polish schools, although the practical experience of students is in highest demand in the labour market and helps students to be successful when seeking employment. Cooperation that was taking place between Czech vocational schools and the real world of labour in the area of energy-saving in 2009-2011 showed strong interest of schools which have been undergoing a reform aiming to incorporate modern teaching methods in the field of sustainable development.
Main aims and objectives of the project: The aim of the project is to transfer experience with a didactic method (developed by vocational schools based on a real assignment including practical examples of energy-saving) to vocational school system and expert community in Slovakia and Poland. In addition, pilot testing of this method was carried out on 30 student groups and 120 attendees from expert community in three countries (CZ, SK, PL). Based on the pilot testing results the methodology was innovated and incorporated experience of all the three partners. The new methodology is described in 4 languages and its dissemination was ensured among vocational schools and other relevant target groups in the VET field in all participating countries.
Characteristics of a consortium that implemented the proposal:
SEVER (CZ) is a project submitter, coordinator and an author of the innovation which is a subject of the transfer.
SOSNA (SK) is an expert organization having more than 20 years´ experience in the field of environmental education, counselling and promotion of sustainable solutions in practice. MiLA Foundation (PL) specializes in creating networks for cooperation and exchange of experience in the field of environmental education, business development and activating local communities.
A general description of tangible and intangible outcomes:
Project outputs: quadrilingual manuals describing a potential way of introducing an innovative method into vocational school lessons as well as a manual about introducing practical savings and renewable energy sources intended for expert community. In addition, more than 300 students and 30 teaches got training in the area of energy saving and renewable energy sources.
The impact envisaged
Transfer and adaptation of this method to the Central European educational context met the demand of vocational schools (cooperation between students and the world of labour). Moreover, this example of a possible link between vocational school students and their potential employers draw employers´ attention to project outputs.
Description During the project student groups from 3 countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia) work set up their "energy agency" which communicates with real clients (firms and enterpreneurs) about their demands in the field of saving energy. In the national conference (there were 2 in each country during the project)students presented their suggestions for the client. Client and independent energy experts evaluate student´s work and choose the best group. In final part of the project there was international conference where best students group from 3 countries met and discussed about their work. In the project there were also included practical workshops in each country, where can individuals learn how to build energy saving appliances as solar cooker, solar cooler or solar dryer.
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program or curricula
material for open learning
Innovated methodology for eastern Europe countries how to implement method "story line approach" in schools - in four languages.
Description of practical workshops how to make passive appliances - for general public, in four languages.